40 Years of Delayed Justice

Freedom Summer 1964 – Quest for Justice 2004

Whereas the South is the crucible of the nation’s guilt concerning racism;

Whereas Mississippi is in the center of that crucible;

Whereas Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner were brutally slain in Neshoba County, Mississippi on June 21, 1964;

Whereas justice has yet to be done;

Whereas complete healing, wholeness, and reconciliation for the community, state and nation requires the pursuit of justice;

Be It Therefore Resolved that The Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, meeting in session at Biloxi,
Mississippi, June 4, 2004, recognizes, on this 40th anniversary of Freedom Summer, that the State of Mississippi has neglected to prosecute anyone in connection with the murders of Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney;

Be It Therefore Resolved that The Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church both supports and commends the efforts of the citizens of Neshoba County, the Neshoba County Board of Supervisors, the Philadelphia City Council, the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Community Development Partnership and the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Coalition to bring about this much delayed administration of justice;

Be It Therefore Resolved that The Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church strongly supports the efforts of the State of Mississippi to bring to justice the perpetrators of this heinous crime and we implore the Honorable Mark Duncan, District Attorney of Neshoba County, and the Honorable Jim Hood, Attorney General of The State of Mississippi, as well as other applicable state and local law enforcement agencies, to purse with all due diligence the investigation and prosecution of this heinous crime;

Be It Further Resolved that The Commission on Religion and Race of the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church be directed to actively monitor this pursuit of justice and report to the 2005 session of the Mississippi Annual Conference the status of the criminal investigation and any possible prosecution; and

Be It Further Resolved that a copy of this resolution be printed in the United Methodist Advocate and forwarded to appropriate media outlets through the Conference Director of Communications.

Respectfully submitted by the following members of the Mississippi Annual Conference,

Sponsor:
Rev. Jim McRee
Co- sponsors:
Rev. Jerry Beam
Rev. Warren Black
Rev. Ludrick Cameron
Rev. Jessie Long
Rev. W. Hall Miskelly
Rev. Roger Puhr
Rev. Joey Shelton